MPs take pay cut

Wednesday April 22, 2020 Written by Published in Crime
Titikaveka MP Selina Napa. 20042014 Titikaveka MP Selina Napa. 20042014

Opposition MPs Selina Napa and Agnes Armstrong are the latest politicians taking pay cuts to help their constituencies during the coronavirus crisis.

 

The Democratic Party MPs are following the example set by their leader Tina Browne who last week announced that she would take a 15 per cent pay cut for the next six months.

Titikaveka MP Napa and Ivirua MP Armstrong will have their $72,500 salaries reduced by 15 per cent each.

A Democratic Party spokesperson said the pay cut, which will remain in place for the next three months is over and above what the two women already contribute to their respective constituencies.

Napa in a statement said: “I have 1500 people in my constituency, so I have chosen to do what our leader has done and use my 15 percent extra contribution to help my community as we fight to keep our beautiful country free of Covid-19.

“I am grateful that Tina made this something we can choose to do or not. That was very fair and so I’ve made a decision based on my conscience which told me that whatever more I can contribute to my community is a good thing to do at this uncertain time.”

Napa said after three months she will review the pay cut and make a decision whether it will continue.

Agnes Armstrong said she is happy to contribute not only to her constituency, but to all the people of Mangaia over the next three months.

“Whether they are living here in Rarotonga or in Mangaia, we are all affected! My door is open to all, I would be happy to help anyone where possible. This is not a time for politics, this is a time to give back to our people, we are one people in the same storm.”

 

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